Definition of separatist in English:


Line breaks: sep|ar¦at|ist
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛp(ə)rətɪst


  • A person who supports the separation of a particular group of people from a larger body on the basis of ethnicity, religion, or gender: religious separatists
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    • Unlike the model for separatists, gender has no effect on the probability that one is an integrationist.
    • Counterinsurgency operations failed to end support for the separatists.
    • Pundits say he stole most of his votes from dissatisfied separatists who believe their party lost its leftist ideals.


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  • Relating to separatists or separatism: a separatist rebellion
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    • When, if ever, should international law and institutions support separatist claims?
    • If not handled carefully, this decentralization may pose as much a threat to national unity as armed separatist movements.
    • She also said her top priority was to prevent the diverse archipelago being torn apart by separatist rebellions.

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